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  • 4.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Muppets Most Wanted looks and sounds eager to please but immediately feels like a more slapdash, aimless affair, trying — and mostly failing — to turn its stalled creativity into some sort of self-referential joke.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The repetitive storyline about successive heists during a Muppets European tour grows tiresome and the fun is intermittent.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    The new globetrotting, caper-packed romp with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the lovable team certainly is just as good as, and often an improvement on, the 2011 offering.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A breezy, mirthful caper enlivened by the comic talents of Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The inevitable sequel, arriving three years later, isn't as giddily entertaining as its predecessor but much of the charm remains, making this an ideal destination for a family excursion.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    The story matters only in that it creates opportunities for heaps of ridiculousness, and writer-director James Bobin (who also directed The Muppets), along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller, mines them skillfully and breezily.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Amusing Muppets sequel ups the gags, Hollywood cameos.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to 2011's musical comedy The Muppets and once again features a star-studded cast alongside the Muppets. Families with Muppets fans know to expect sight gags, physical comedy, and some light romance between Miss Piggy and Kermit (and in this case, his doppelganger Constantine). There is some playful ridiculing of the leisurely European lifestyle (six-hour lunches, three-week vacations, work days that end at 2 p.m.) and some grown-up-targeted prison humor and pop-culture references, but there's nothing a kindergarten Muppets lover can't handle.

  • Families can talk about why the Muppets are appealing. What do you like about the Muppets? How are Muppets different from animated characters? How can you find out more about how the Muppets are created and operated?
  • Who is the audience for this movie? Are all the jokes written for kids? Why would filmmakers want to include jokes for adults in a kids' movie? Can you remember your favorite joke?
  • Did you recognize all the celebrities in the movie? Why do you think the filmmakers wanted celebrities in this movie? Why would the celebrities want to be in this movie?
  • How would you describe the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy? Do you think they have a healthy relationship? Does their relationship draw on any stereotypes about men or women?

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Although the movie is for entertainment rather than educational purposes, there's a lesson in teamwork and doing your best to help those you love.

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    Messages: The characters provide wonderful messages about teamwork and selflessness -- knowing those you love well enough to recognize when something is wrong or someone needs help. The Muppets have really strong friendships, and they would do anything to rescue Kermit, who in turn, loves all of his Muppet pals.

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    Role models: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Kermit is mistakenly arrested and thrown in the Gulag, where conditions are tough.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Light romance includes Muppets kissing and a woman kissing a picture of Kermit.

  • language false0

    Language: The words "butt," "idiot," and "stupid" are used a couple of times, and some occasional swine humor is directed at Miss Piggy.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The Muppets have strong merchandising ties to toys, apparel, accessories, home decor, and -- of course -- their own programs and movies on DVD.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable